This is a letter written in response to a question to Dr. Scott Changchien who is an OBGYN who was dismissed from his job at Kaiser Permanente because he was sharing the gospel with patients. I had written him asking him what it was like to have suffered for the sake of the gospel, in this case, in his job.
- Mike Chen
Dear Brother Mike,
As I "suffer" in Paris and responding to you in regard to my " persecution experience" for the sake of Christ while working at Kaiser Cleveland, it calls to my memory immediately of my conversation with Joshua Yu-- a godly man spent nearly thirty years in labor camp in southern China for the sake of Christ. He literally lived out door for more than ten years for not willing to denounce Christ; eventually got relieved and had a tremendous impact on the modern day Christian revival and harvest in China. While he was in my home in Cleveland I commanded him for his suffering for the sake of Christ, his answer was "my brother it was not a suffering, it was an honor." I then asked him if it is an honor then should we all seek suffering? He said," No, don't. It will come to you."
Compare to Joshua my loss of job is nothing, and I don't think I am qualified or comfortable to answer your question as a man that considered been persecuted. This much I can say, we are all called to the same purpose-- to be an ambassador for Christ. As how each of us express that call in different work places and different professions will depend on how the environment and who we are individually so uniquely wired by our master. Physician compares to all other professions, in my opinion has the most frequent opportunities to engage in opening the dialogue for spiritual conversation, we ought to take the advantage in every opportunity we can. As to how to, this is my only constant reminder-- as Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God."
Since I left Cleveland our gracious Lord had led me to India, Nigeria, China, Taiwan, and Haiti for medical missions. I am now serving at the board at Logos seminary and also studying Master of Divinity degree at Fuller. Had I stayed in Cleveland these would not have happened. Of course, it is worth it.
Thank you for your interest in my tiny personal set back for his kingdom sake. May our Lord bless all you do.
Your brother in Christ,